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Mumsnetters save BBC Food for the nation!

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RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 05-Jan-18 12:51:26

Afternoon all - Happy New Year

A hot slice of what we hope is good news for you: the BBC has confirmed to us that its much-loved BBC Food site is going to remain in place, despite moves to close it some time ago - and has told us that the decision is 'because of your letter and your members'. (Read Justine's letter to James Purnell here.)

It seems the power of outraged/knackered/hungry parents has saved BBC Food's collection of recipes for a grateful nation.

And if that's not a reason to break the January diet and knock up an enormous lasagne, we don't know what is.


Whisky2014 Fri 05-Jan-18 12:53:44

Great! I used the website multiple times over Christmas, always find it really handy.

Launderetta Fri 05-Jan-18 12:54:18

It's such a good resource, it would be tragic if it were lost. Thank you, MNHQ.

BikeRunSki Fri 05-Jan-18 12:56:47

That’s brilliant! I use it several times a week and was wondering how long i’d got left.

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 05-Jan-18 13:02:57


It's such a good resource, it would be tragic if it were lost. Thank you, MNHQ.

Think most of the credit lies with MNers - so thank YOU

Silverthorn Fri 05-Jan-18 13:18:13


lessworriedaboutthecat Fri 05-Jan-18 13:20:28

Well done everyone.

SatsukiKusakabe Fri 05-Jan-18 13:34:51

This is great. There are so many sites with recipes but I always find the bbc reliable and often go straight to it for ideas.

OuchBollocks Fri 05-Jan-18 13:36:15

That's fab news! Best recipe collection anywhere online imo.

CiderwithBuda Fri 05-Jan-18 13:40:01

Excellent. I use it a lot. Made a great turkey and ham pie from it over Christmas.

DH wants to know why I have such a cookery book addiction collection if I look up recipes online all the time though.

Scrowy Fri 05-Jan-18 13:42:09

It is indeed very good news,

However I'm pretty sure the original announcement from the BBC was to motivate public support/outrage in the face of massive budget cuts rather than being a serious intention to actually close it.

Good Food, and associated magazines and links to its food programmes etc is a massive money spinner for the BBC and drives a lot of traffic to the the BBC, it wouldn't have made a huge amount of sense for them to mothball it.

Chaosofcalm Fri 05-Jan-18 13:45:11

I think the bbc good food, which was not under threat, is a much better website.

chandlersfraud Fri 05-Jan-18 13:50:19

I must admit I got all agitated about it because I thought it was BBC good food which was under threat when in fact it wasn' was Bbc food. Very confusingly similar names! But hey ho....

chandlersfraud Fri 05-Jan-18 13:50:58

I do wonder how many others thought the same...!

SlowlyShrinking Fri 05-Jan-18 13:58:34


Whisky2014 Fri 05-Jan-18 14:03:13

Oh I feel silly now. It was the bbc good food site I used. However, I just looked at bbc food and see a nice beef curry recipe I want to try!

SweepTheHalls Fri 05-Jan-18 14:04:11

Thank God for that!

CiderwithBuda Fri 05-Jan-18 14:06:26

It was bbc good food I used too. Very confusing!

LadyMonicaBaddingham Fri 05-Jan-18 14:22:24

Hoorah for MNers! Job well done brew and cake all round, I think...

Battleax Fri 05-Jan-18 14:24:57

Fabulous news.

Now they need to listen to us about the transgender agenda

GrimDamnFanjo Fri 05-Jan-18 14:38:53

Fab. I used it last week. It's always my go to.

Christmastree43 Fri 05-Jan-18 14:49:53

Amazing!! I absolutely love BBC Good Food and always use it. It’s a damn sight more reliable and trustworthy than other recipe sites!

chandlersfraud Fri 05-Jan-18 14:56:48

@Christmastree43 see previous posts - this was not about BBC good food (as I and seemingly many others thought initially) but was about the BBC food site which is different and not as good! (In my opinion!)

Battleax Fri 05-Jan-18 14:58:33

I much prefer BBC food recipes for daily use and BBC Good Food (Magazine) recipes when I'm feeling frillier.

Christmastree43 Fri 05-Jan-18 15:03:22

@chandlersfraud Oops blush thought I had read the previous posts as well grin

I thought that would have been quite the coup for MN to save Good Food

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